Healthy Aging

It’s inevitable, aging is a part of life.  I’ve read many articles about healthy aging and I’ve summarized my findings into 4 simple points:

Sleep — Strive for 7 hours of sleep a night (or supplement with naps)

Exercise — Get up and walk a few times a day for a combined total of 30 minutes of activity

Socialization –Stay in touch with friends and relatives and talk with everyone you come across during the day, even if it is simply to say hello.

Proper Nutrition — Eat Real Food and plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoid added sugar as much as possible.




A Balanced Life

I’ve written about living a balanced life in earlier posts, but I really think this quote by international yoga teacher Rachel Brathen sums it up beautifully.

balance is key...

Keep Toxic Chemicals out of my Moisturizer!

I am still on my search for non-toxic skin care and cosmetics.  I have tried several.  Some I am happy with, and others not so much.  I’m not sure if the fine lines and wrinkles I am noticing are due to the fact that I am not using some of my old products any more and that the non-toxic ones don’t do the trick, or that I am simply getting older!  But I would rather have a few wrinkles than cancer!

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), women use an average of 12 personal care products daily, and are exposed to 168 ingredients each day.  Most of them have not be tested for safety and many are carcinogenic. This video spells out the situation clearly and is definitely worth watching:

EWG examined the ingredients in over 60,000 products and reporst on the safety of these products.   Their  Skin Deep database is a great resource for researching the toxicity of skin care products and cosmetics. I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.  If you are happy with your non-toxic products please share!!

On a Quest to Find Non-Toxic Personal Care Products

Over the past few months, I have been slowly changing my personal care products to healthier, non-toxic, organic ones.  It isn’t easy!   There is a lot of information out there about personal care products, and I’ve learned that just because something is labeled “organic” or “all natural”, doesn’t mean that it is non-toxic!  I have discovered that some of the products I have used for years contain some toxic ingredients.  And I’ve purchased products that left my skin very irritated (Luckily, I was able to return them for a full refund).  I’m still on my quest for non toxic skin care products and I welcome any advise you may have!

I have found the Skin Deep data base  and the Guide to Less Toxic Products to be very helpful, but the list of all the harmful ingredients is a bit cumbersome!

Then I found this infographic on MindBodyGreen showing 12 ingredient categories to avoid.

The Daily Green groups this into six big  ingredient categories to avoid and I found this to be a list I can more easily work from!

6 Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products

  • Petrochemicals
    Examples include petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol (often used in skin astringents and perfumes or colognes).
  • Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
    Examples include sodium lauryl ether sulfate; sodium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl ether sulphate (most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, along with various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
    Examples include ethylene glycol (used in firming lotions) and propylene glycol (found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).
  • Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives 
    Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben (found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)
  • Synthetic dyes
    Examples include anything with F&DC preceding it, usually followed by a color and a number. (F representing food, D&C representing drugs and cosmetics), other color additives, including caramel, lead acetate, manganese violet, and more.
  • Artificial fragrances
    Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren’t required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark

I think I have to print out the list and bring it with me (along with my reading glasses) when I go to buy beauty products, and I have to study the list of ingredients.  As I said, it isn’t easy!



A Non Toxic Solution to Static Cling

I am not a fan of fabric softener or dryer sheets.  Sure, static cling can be annoying, but toxic chemicals that are linked to cancer, respiratory problems and nervous system disorders are far, far worse.

First let’s look at how dryer sheets work.  They are coated with a fatty molecule such as ammonium salt or a silicone oil which are released as the dryer heats up.  These fatty molecules coat the fabrics, preventing static cling and giving clothes a soft feel.  If you want more details, see this article

The problem is that studies have shown that many of the chemicals used are dangerous for us to inhale or ingest. 

Some of the chemicals commonly found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets are: 

  • Alpha Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Ethanol: On the EPA‘s Hazardous Waste list, can cause central nervous system disorders
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list
  • Limonene: A known carcinogen
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

However, I have recently read an article written by Cassandra Schmigotzk about a product that not only work like a fabric softener to keep clothes soft and eliminate static cling, but also cut drying times by 25%!  I am going to give these a try!!  Cassandra has allowed me to repost her article here.  Check out Cassandra’s blog Casually Cassi for more of her reviews and helpful advise!


Woolzies – An Eco-Friendly Wool Dryer Ball

      Woolzies are 100% pure New Zealand wool dryer balls that do everything that conventional fabric softeners do plus they reduce drying time by 25%. They are money back guaranteed to last for at least 1,000 loads!   Woolzies have no chemicals at all and are also hypoallergenic so are safe even for people with wool sensitivities.


I haven’t used fabric softener for a few years; there wasn’t any particular reason why I stopped.  I still used the dryer sheets until the bars came along.  I had gladly switched to the bars so I wouldn’t have to hunt for the sheets or track them all over the house.
The Woolzies review opportunity came along and I jumped on it.  After all, who couldn’t use some kind of helper with laundry, right?  I don’t do our laundry the way everyone else does (or at least I don’t think I do).  I put the load in the washer right before bed and toss everything in the dryer when I get up in the morning.

I’ve tried Woolzies for about a month in every load.  I’ve mixed them in between the clothes, put them on the top, and put them on the bottom.  Because of the way I do laundry I haven’t experienced faster drying times.  I do believe they have helped reduce the static cling that the dryer bars don’t handle.  (Woolzies also entertain the cat when she’s playing on top of the dryer.)  
Woolzies are currently only available for purchase online.  They’re available for $25.99 per box of 6; shipping  is free within the US and $6.95 worldwide.  Visit the Woolzies‘ website for more information.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted by Cassandra Schmigotzki